Victorian 18ct Gold and Diamond Snake Ring 1844

A unique, antique gold snake ring with old mine cut diamond dated 1844

This intriguing snake ring still has some of the original black enamel and a beautiful oval old mine cut diamond in the snakes head. It has a hallmark dating it to 1844 and an inscription on the inside which reads EE Micholls Ob. 12 Dec 18…. and then it fades away, but I think it reads 1844.
This ring does have wear on it ( hence the missing enamel) but it has been worn and obviously much loved and still has lots of charm. It has a lovely feel to it and, being an early example of a snake ring, I couldn’t resist buying it.
Snakes were used in jewellery as a way of expressing eternal love and eternity which is why it appears on many pieces of mourning jewellery.

ERA: Victorian

MEASUREMENTS: width on top of ring 8.5mm and at the back 3.5mm approx.

WEIGHT: 5g

MATERIALS: 18ct gold, diamond approx. 0.35ct

HALLMARKS: yes, dating it to a London 1844

MARKS: engraved inside (see description above)

CONDITION: good but has enamel missing

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